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Ebba Ossiannilsson, PhD, Project Manager, CEO


The Swedish Association for Distance Education, Ossiannilsson Quality in open online learning (QOOL) Consutancy
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Danish Norweigian German (understand more than speak myself)

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Oversight of open education at an institution
Open Education policy development
Implementation of open education policies
Open licenses
Business Models for open education
Research in open education
Accessibility in open education
Assessment and accreditation of learning through open education
Awareness raising and outreach
Quality issues, enhancement, assurance, certification, benchmarking, OER, MOOC, learning analytics, mobile learning, learning design, blended learning, flexible open online learning, rhizomatic and hybrid learning
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
Using/remixing OER for face to face education
Using/remixing OER for online education
OER project management
Instructional design using OER
Peer review of OER
Faculty adoption of OER
Technology for OER
OER and workforce development
OER and lifelong learning
Quality in OER/OEP/OEC Policy uptake Creative Commons
Open Access
Open Access policy development
Open Access project management
Open Access publishing
Peer review in open access journals
Implementation of open access practices
Quality Open Access uptake
Authoring MOOCs
Facilitating MOOCs
MOOC instructional design
Openly licensed content in MOOCs
Technology for MOOCs
Overall project management for MOOC development
Using MOOCs in formal education programs
Quality Uptake Strategy Business models Learners perspectives Levels of interaction
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Geographical Information System Occupational Therapy Teacher training Open networked learning
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Personal statement

Ossiannilsson earned the EDEN Fellowship in 2014. The EDEN Fellow title is an expression of acknowledgement of professional merit by the Association, for NAP members, who have demonstrated excellence in professional practice in the field of flexible and distance learning and provided valued support to the evolution and progress of EDEN. She earned the Open Education Europa Fellowship in 2015. In 2016 she earned the title GIZ Ambassador for Quality in Digital Learning and part in the Globe- Community of Digital Learning

Ossiannilsson earned her PhD from Oulu University, Finland in 2012, with a dissertation on international benchmarking, and quality enhancement on e-learning in Higher Education. Ossianilsson is a senior advisor and expert in e-learning, oer, and moocs, especially regardeing quality, QA and QE. Since 2000, and ongoing she works with strategic issues on e-learning, online distance learning, innovative smart learning, learning analytics, MOOCs, OERs and open education, distance education, especially concerning quality and benchmarking. From a research perspective Ossiannilsson is the author of a number of reports and studies in the field of personalized learning, mobile learning, OERs and MOOCs, learning analytics, open education, mobile and hyprid learning, levels of interaction, and especially quality systems and quality inclusion. Her publication list is extensive (around 200 She frequently participate as invited speaker at international, and national conferences. She is in the Ed board for international open access journals on open learning. Ossiannilsson is a consultant in international and national associations and projects. She has a long experience as Project Manager at the Centre for Educational Development, as well as at the Office for Continuing and Distance Education at Lund University, Sweden. In 2015/2016 she worked at the University of Crafts, Arts and Design in Stockholm investigated how they could go online and working more with blended learning. In 2014 she worked at Luleå technical University on quality enhancement in distance learning at the Occupational Therapy program, which also resulted in an e-learning strategy for the entire university. She is a consultant to many national university in quality in open online learning. Recently she has launched her onw consultancy Ossiannilsson Quality in Open Online Learning (COOL)

Ossiannilsson serves a quality reviewer for EADTU (Excellence and OpenupEd), she was among the founders and course leader for OER Practitioner Services, and the developer of Epprobate by Learning Agency Network (LANETO). She served also as quality reviewer for former EFQUEL with UNIQe, ECB Check. Ossiannilsson is a quality reviewer as well for ICDE. She has done several international reviews.

Ossiannilsson is responsible for several benchmarking projects and quality projects nationally and international. During the last years she serve as consultant at several national Universities on benchmarking, quality, e-learning, OER and MOOCs, and she is involved in research projects on open online learning, as well as personal learning environments.

Ossiannilsson is the Swedish partner of Campus NooA (The International Learning Mall for Online Courses). She work in Swedish, Nordic and Baltic OER Projects. She is Vice President of the Swedish Association of Distance Education (SVERD). Ossiannilsson is member in EDEN EC (2015-), and for two periods in EDEN-NAP (2011-2015). She is in the board for LANETO and TEL-A. She served as board member in EUCEN (2002-2008), and former EFQUEL (2013-2014).

Ossiannilsson served as evaluator for the SEQUENT project on quality (2013-2015). She was research leader for the ICDEs study on Quality models in open online learning around the globe. State of the art and recommendations (2014-2015). Ossiannilsson is in the Ed board for several Scientific Journals as well as frequently asked as a reviewer for articles. Ossiannilsson is Guest Ed for the Education Sciences Special Issue "Massive Open Online Courses" 2016. She work as advisor, consultant to the the European Commission DG Education and Culture – EAC.B.3 Innovation in education, EIT and MSCA ET2020 Working Group on Digital and Online Learning. She has done reviews on a reports by COL, Commonwealth of learning. Ossianilsson work as an expert for IPTS WG o quality.

In 2012 she was appointed by way of introducing MOOCs for Lund University, and to investigate in strategic missions on e-learning. Ossiannilsson is course leader and facilitator in several international online courses and MOOCs. She has carried out some +40 MOOCs herself, mainly on learning design and quality issues in online learning. During the EMOOC Stakeholder Summit 2014 she was in the panel in the Policy and quality track. She is frequently keynote at conferences on MOOCs and OERs especially related to quality.

For more info please see her LinkedIn Profile and for Publications the ResearchGate. Ossiannilsson is frequently active on Social Media and has an international voice in the ongoing debate on opening up education which is her passion.

External links

The Swedish Association for Distance Education:
Open Education Europa:
Twitter: @EbbaOssian